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    A Polytopian existence
    Project: Polytopia
    Emotions and the feelings are not a luxury; they are a means of communicating our states of mind to others. But they are also a way of guiding our own judgments and decisions. Emotions bring the body into the loop of reason
    Antonio Damasio

    Polytopia-Because emotions communicate our states of mind

    In a previous post I have mentioned that a Polytopia might possibly be an umbrella meta-concept in/by which the full fledged liberty of the mind states of the individual become a viable tool of evolution :” Such a context (i.e. a Polytopia) will need allow the full individuation of the person via its coordinated space, so as to provide ample opportunity for creative thought to come forth and shine.”

    We need now expand on the concept of a: ‘full individuation via its coordinated space’.

    Let us propose a three-thronged approach to the concept of localizing the mind of the individual:

    1. The physical mindscape (the actual brain coordinates)
    2. The extended mindscape reality via the net (the combined acts of communication of the physical mindscape in the infoverse)
    3. The archive/s of the landscape of that mind on the net (its archived memories)

    These three above are the fundamental three coordinates of the person in question. As a consequence I see three basic levels of current existence:
    The Bioperson, The Extended person, The Infoperson.

    1. The Bioperson:
    (At present) is the actual person in flesh and blood

    2. The Extended person: (At present) stands for the Bioperson when connected to the net, (may also be called the bridging person)

    3. The Infoperson: The Infoperson is the evolution of the Extended person into cyberspace; either via a brain machine interface allowing full virtual immersion or possibly via a mind upload procedure, allowing a full virtual existence.

    “The Web is now philosophical engineering.” Physics and the Web are both about the relationship between the small and the large.“
    Tim Berners-Lee

    It follows that the coordinated space of a person (at present) refers to the mapping of these three ‘personhoods’ into a unified map, a cross-boundaries map of material and informatics, into infospace, in the infoverse. The full coordinates of such a mind will be able to describe the actual multidimensional existence of that same mind under the same heading, his chosen identity.
    It is my view at present that only when in possession of such a map can a mind truly realize his multi-person, individual existence, for each part independently gives insufficient reality/realism to the person in question. The full coordination of these three ‘personhoods’ might probably result in full individuation and a new kind of consciousness.
    In this case the coordinated map may be said to be the actual full world (consciousness) of that person, including the localization of diverse states of mind of that person in diverse circumstances of interest and activity.

    “You affect the world by what you browse.”
    Tim Berners-Lee

    More simply, the modern process of understanding individuation need take into consideration the already existing Cyborgian nature (the me+my comp, closely coupled reality), and virtual processing (me+my net activity reality) of a person’s environment, both material and informational.

    Defining who and what we are solely by our physicality and/or our mind happenings without taking into consideration both the technological extensions and networked activities by which we manifest ourselves in the infoverse is to my mind both erroneous and outdated.
    It is thus my view that a three-tiered approach to our actual reality creates the basis for extended narratives, operating in a mutually supporting fashion.
    My Bioperson narrative supports my extended person, which in turn supports my carving of the landscape of the infoverse. The archiving procedure of my carving the landscape of the infoverse in turn reflects my actual extended Bioperson, which in turn enriches the narrative of my immediate Bioperson.

    It will be true to state, if so, that my narrative exists simultaneously on three basic dimensions.

    Dimension 1: my Bio narrative
    Dimension 2: my Extended (net activity) narrative
    Dimension 3: my Infoverse (the shape of my info landscape) narrative.

    To have a coherent map of these three dimensions and their interrelations is to have the coordinates to my full individuation process.
    My full individuation can on the same token be said to represent my consciousness, spread across different landscapes of reality, simultaneously.
    Those different landscapes of reality may also be said to represent diverse states of mind, different from each other in degrees of reality and not in kind. It is after all the (my) same mind broadened and expanded across distinct (but not separate) levels of info-existence.

    Polytopia- Because we are Empathy infobodied

    Those three levels when combined and enmeshed, I propose to call my ‘Polytopian ‘existence.

    A Polytopian existence is thus:
    1. Multidimensional by nature
    2. Integrative by necessity
    3. Emotional by disposition
    4. Informative by structure
    5. Empathic by character
    6. Evolving by direction
    7. Narrating by function

    The infotecture of the emergent Polytopia will thus allow a modern form of cartography, a fractal cartography of the diverse states of mind (personal) interspersed with diverse states of mind (communal). The interconnectedness of these in turn will provide the full map of what it is to be a contemporary human person in an up-to-the-minute constantly updating infoverse.

    In the original definitions of a Polytopia definition number 5 ran as follows" Polytopia (5) A multidimensional co-enhancing, mind mutuality of evolving beings; A Polytopia is a transcultural endeavor with vast implications on the personification of the unique individual"

    I think this post, 'a polytopian existence', amplifies and expands on the above definition

    'Polytopia- a transcultural event' is a continuously evolving vision, as such the motion of progress is incessantly unfolding.

    a note:

    This post would not have been made possible without a net mindstorm communication and cross fertilization with fellow blogger (and to my eyes fellow Polytopian) ‘Djiezes’

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